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30 September 2012

2012 Queen's Open, MAISA Women's Fall Championship, and the Intrepid Match Racing Regatta

Queen's open at KYC

By Joy MacDonald and Graham Hutchings

2012 Queen's Open.
2012 Queen's Open.

The Queen’s Sailing team hosted the Queen’s Open Regatta this past weekend. Nine teams from Ontario and the North Eastern States participated. Skipper Matt Reeves competed in the A fleet, with crew Sean Magee-Saxton. B fleet was raced by skipper Eric Goldfarb and crew Nick Schwenger in the morning and Rhianna Henderson in the afternoon. Six races were sailed by each fleet. The Queen’s teams in both fleets sailed consistently and well enough to score Queen’s in second place by the end of Saturday.

Ken Faurschou was the A fleet crew for Sunday with skipper Matt Reeves. In B fleet, Rookie Anders Brown skippered with alternating Crews Alex and Sean Pitcher. With consistently strong results from the Queen’s sailors all weekend, the team finished in 2nd place, behind the Forham Rams and in front of Ottawa University. Thanks to a great volunteer turn out from the Queen’s team, and help from PRO Ross Cameron, the regatta ran smoothly and successfully.

MAISA Women’s Fall Championship

QST also competed in the MAISA Women’s Fall Championship at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Heather Richardson, Stacey Seymour, Nicole Czegledy and Claire Boileau competed at the MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy regatta at St. Mary’s College in Maryland. With a total of fourteen schools competing, Queen’s was the only Canadian team present at the regatta, and competition was fierce. Overall, both teams performed admirably given the highly competitive fleets, and both teams learned a great deal from the experience.

Intrepid Trophy

Finally, Roby Douglas, Hilary Grantmyre, Andrew Leriche and Victoria Ehmann represented Queen’s at the Intrepid Match Racing Regatta at US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland this weekend, sailing the Navy fleet of Colgate 26s. Shifty Chesapeake Bay winds were a constant challenge, but the team quickly learnt to adjust and play the boat appropriately. The team gained confidence throughout the regatta and were soon fighting tight races with top boats. They finished seventh after a three-way tie for fifth and had a great time